My name is Kobie Nieuwoudt, I’m an illustrator & graphic-designer by trade, but an experimenter by nature. I always aim to give my artworks and illustrations a functional quality. Humour is an essential part of life and I try to incorporate it into my work. Illustrating your feelings with a sense of humour gives you plenty of freedom. It enables me to say things I wouldn’t necessarily get the chance to say on any other platform. That said, while my work may reflect a ‘humorous’ outlook on life, I’m still a rather serious person. There is so much hate being cast around these days. Beneath all the humour there is in fact a person coping with all the craziness in the world….as we all do! For me illustrating is a positive, creative outlet and I hope it will also lighten the mood of those who come into contact with my work.
Studies & Qualifications:
I graduated at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2013, specialized in Graphic Design. In 2015 I completed an Honours degree in Illustration at Stellenbosch University (Cum Laude). I found Koba Illustration & design in 2015.
Awards and Exhibitions:
2012 | Top 3 in TFG (The Foschini Group) Gift Card Design Competition
2014 | The Petting Zoo – Group Exhibition. PJ Olivier art centre, Stellenbosch
2014 – 2015 | Openbook Festival
2015 | Winner – Worldwide Picture Book Exhibition
2016 | Design Indaba: Emerging Creative
2016 | Repeating Patterns – Back to Basics – Food and Art: An interactive exhibition – Group Exhibition. Small Studios, Pretoria
2016 | ‘Do’nut Pop Your Lid’ – Group Exhibition. No End Contemporary Art Space – Linden, Randburg
2017 | Top 30 – SA Taxi Foundation Art Award
2017 | Everything in Between – Group Exhibition. No End Contemporary Art Space – Linden, Randburg
2017 | Tall Tales – Group Exhibition. Alliance Française du Cap, Cape Town
2017 | Curator & Coordinator- The Fear – Group Exhibition. Slee Gallery, Stellenbosch